Maurice Jones-Drew: Jacksonville Jaguars’ One Man Band


Published: September 22, 2009

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... to take on the task of being a leader on the field, in the locker room, and in the community. When he accepted the challenge of replacing Fred Taylor as the premiere back, he probably did not anticipate being the lone offensive weapon on a team struggling to find a spark.

Jones-Drew answered the challenge in the season opener by racking up 97 yards on 21 carries, padding his statistics with five receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown.

The 4.7 yard per touch average against Indianapolis was significant in helping the Jaguars keep the game close, but it was not quite enough to nudge the Jaguars to victory.

When Arizona came to town for the home opener on Sunday, Jones-Drew was expected to be one of the major contributors in helping the Jaguars earn their first win of the 2009 season in front of the smallest season opener crowd in franchise history. 

The Cardinals set the tempo early and took the Jaguars offense out of their plan. The running game becam...

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